One of the goals of the Washington Capitals in 2015-16 was to rebound after every loss. So far, so good as the Caps are 8-0 after a loss this season. As a result, Washington now sits atop what is currently the most competitive division in the NHL, the Metropolitan, with 42 points.
No one can argue that the Caps are playing as well right now as they were to start the season. In recent weeks, the team has relied more and more on goalie Braden Holtby to carry them to victory. What the Caps are doing after losses, however, cannot be ignored.
In the Alex Ovechkin era of the Capitals, no one could deny the team's skill, but the team's mentality has come into question after years of playoff failure. The commentary of the team's weak mental fortitude has been largely overblown over the years as an easy way to explain a team's consistent postseason disappointments, but after failing to advance past the second round since 1998, it would be fair to believe that perhaps there is a mental hurdle there among the Caps' core. The ability to rebound after every loss shows a strong mental team we have not seen before.
The Caps are a strong team on paper, a strong team on the ice and if they continue to be a strong team between the ears, they are going to be tough to beat.